The CSI leadership team takes great pride in developing and maintaining an enterprise-wide culture of integrity, service and innovation. That’s why we make every leadership decision with our customers and employees in mind. Our executive leadership team is committed to CSI’s continued growth and success in the fintech and regtech industries.
Chief Adminstrative Officer and General Counsel
John Blevin serves as chief administrative officer and general counsel for CSI, leading legal, corporate secretary, compliance and ethics. John also provides leadership for the risk management and internal audit functions. John has more than 19 years of experience advising public companies on product, revenue, corporate development, securities and risk mitigation strategies.
Previously, John served as senior managing counsel for Visa, overseeing and developing the legal function and strategy for Visa Business Solutions and Visa Global Deals. Prior to joining Visa, John was a vice president for First Data Corporation, where he managed First Data’s M&A, joint venture, strategy and venture investment transactions and played a key role in its combination with Fiserv.
Previously in his career, John served as a senior associate with one of the world’s leading law firms, Weil Gotshal, where he advised senior executives of public and private companies on a range of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, securities matters and corporate governance issues. John earned a B.S. from the University of Buffalo and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Chief Technology Officer
Troy Bradley serves as CSI’s chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, he ensures technology strategy aligns with the needs of the business, CSI’s customers and their customers. He also oversees the company’s network, security and software engineering delivery.
Troy leverages his 35 years of industry experience to develop services and solutions that community and regional banks need to remain competitive in an evolving market. He is motivated by working with CSI’s deep bench of talent and strongly believes in a servant leadership style, supporting employees’ personal and professional growth. Before joining CSI, he was an independent consultant working within the financial services sector and has served in various roles in which he led corporate technology strategy, including corporate vice president and chief information and technology officer at NCR Corporation, executive vice president and global chief technology officer at FIS and chief technology officer at Metavante. He also has experience as a programmer, program manager and systems architect.
Troy has previously served as a board member for several organizations, including the Milwaukee Institute, Inc., Center for Technology Innovation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Interactive Financial eXchange Forum and the Industrial Advisory Board, Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, biking and supporting canine-related causes. Troy holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from DeVry University and has completed advanced coursework toward a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Brown serves as chief financial officer for CSI. With nearly 20 years of experience in corporate finance, Brian helps set corporate strategy and provides leadership for the financial operations of the company.
In his more than 10 years with CSI, he has held various leadership roles within the corporate finance team, including senior vice president of finance, vice president of finance and director of financial planning and analysis. Brian brings a depth of expertise to his position, having consistently contributed to CSI’s financial and strategic planning processes, investor relations activities and financial reporting. Brian is proud of the company’s customer-centric culture and excited about the value CSI brings to the industry as a technology provider delivering unmatched customer service.
Prior to joining CSI, he held leadership positions with JMP Coal Holdings, LLC; FCB Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Farmers Capital Bank Corp) and the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. Brian serves as chair of the Finance Committee at First Baptist Church of Paducah and volunteers with the United Way PALS/TAPS program. He is also a member of the Association for Financial Professionals and enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. Brian earned a Master of Science in Finance from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics from Transylvania University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
As a board member and CSI’s President and CEO, David Culbertson sets the strategic direction of the company with insight from the executive leadership team. He values CSI’s unique role as a leading technology partner that empowers community banks to compete with the nation’s largest institutions while continuously meeting consumer demands. David has an ambitious vision for CSI’s future and is committed to giving community banks the tools to meet the needs of their customers and enrich their communities.
Having spent his entire career at CSI, David has held numerous leadership positions during his 34-year tenure, including vice president of research and business development, group president of technology services and chief operating officer. Each position provided him with valuable experience and opportunities to embrace empathetic leadership. He recognizes the importance of relationships with both customers and employees, and appreciates individuals’ similarities and differences.
David is a past president and member of the Association for Financial Technology (AFT). An advocate for community service, David is vice chair of the Kentucky Market Board at Bon Secours Mercy Health and a board member for the Carson Center for the Performing Arts. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with family and friends and partaking in outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking and boating. David earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Wharton School Executive Education program.
Chief Customer Experience Officer
Bob Ezell serves as chief customer experience officer for CSI. In his role, Bob oversees all facets of the customer experience, including relationship management, customer service and education services, for CSI’s Enterprise Banking group. He has more than three decades of experience working closely with financial institution executives on adopting innovative technologies that enhance customer engagement and improve operational performance.
During his career, he also has held positions in account management and product management, which allows him to specialize in integrating the user experience into new platforms and helping banks leverage technology to its fullest. Bob is a past director and president of the Association for Financial Technology (AFT) and has served on various product advisory boards for fintech companies as well as the board for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Murray State University.
Chief Operating Officer
Linda Fischer serves as CSI’s chief operating officer, leading the execution of the company’s strategy, sales, product design and delivery, service quality, and customer engagement and experience, which includes relationship management and customer care, print distribution and production operations.
With more than 35 years of wide-ranging industry experience, Linda holds expertise in sales and business development, profit and loss (P&L) management, product launch and go-to-market strategies, client care and change management. At CSI, Linda actively fosters engagement between customers and internal teams to solve business problems and ensure customers remain competitive in a changing industry landscape.
Prior to joining CSI, Linda served as general manager of the hospitality segment at NCR and led the P&L of this $850 million business, including the strategic focus and day-to-day operations for over 100,000 restaurants globally. Linda also spent more than 25 years with FIS (formerly Metavante), where she served in a variety of roles and managed market share gain, customer retention and the expansion of hundreds of domestic core processing client relationships.
As an active member of her community, Linda serves on the Board of Directors for Sharp Literacy and volunteers for St. Boniface Church and School. Linda is also a member of TEMPO, the largest professional women’s group in Wisconsin, which works to further the impact of women leaders. She loves spending time with her family and attending sporting events in her free time. Linda earned a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin.
Chief Revenue Officer
Kurt Guenther serves as chief revenue officer for CSI. In his role, he provides strategic leadership for the company’s sales and revenue-generating teams, driving both new sales and cross-sales for all of CSI. Kurt previously served as group president for CSI Business Solutions.
With more than 40 years of experience in financial services and adjacent industries, Kurt has worked with banks and credit unions of all sizes, both domestic and international. He enjoys helping his team at CSI reach their goals while ensuring customers receive first-class service. Prior to joining CSI in 2019, he served as the head of U.S. Banking and Capital Markets for SAP. In addition, Kurt has served in various senior leadership positions within the fintech industry, including at Fiserv.
Kurt actively supports Lighthouse Family Retreat, a non-profit that provides restorative retreats and resources to families living through childhood cancer. He also enjoys golfing, traveling, biking and spending time with family and friends. He attended Arizona State University and is an active member, former board member and past president of the Association for Financial Technology (AFT).
Chief Product Officer
Allison Maddock serves as senior vice president and chief product officer, a role in which she leads CSI’s product management team to deliver solutions aligned with CSI’s vision and strategy. As a member of the executive leadership team, she uses her product management, strategy, operations and technology expertise to advance CSI’s products and services.
Allison has built cross-functional product management teams at multiple organizations, incorporating product, market and user research and design into each team. Before joining CSI, Allison managed mortgage lending products at Franklin American Mortgage and Wells Fargo. She also holds product management experience in personal financial education from her time at Ramsey Solutions as well as ServiceMaster, a national home service brands provider.
She earned a marketing degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Allison also holds multiple certifications, including Certified Scrum Master, Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) certification, and Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt, and has trained with Silicon Valley Product Group.
SVP of Corporate Development
As senior vice president of corporate development, Nick Reising manages CSI’s inorganic growth strategy, including mergers and acquisitions as well as integration. He also oversees a component of the company’s organic growth strategy.
Before joining CSI in 2023, Nick managed corporate development and strategy at Kaleris, PDI Technologies and NCR Corporation and has closed more than 50 transactions across three continents. Nick leverages his 12 years of industry experience to help CSI innovate and grow and is committed to shaping the future of banking by working alongside a great team to build the premier financial partner for community and regional banks. He is always willing to act when needed and enjoys achieving shared goals with his colleagues.
He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Technology Executives Roundtable (TER) and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and volunteers for Special Needs Cobb and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Nick also enjoys spending time with his family, wakeboarding, snowboarding and attending track events at Road Atlanta. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Risk Officer and Chief Information Security Officer
Steve Sanders serves as CSI’s chief risk officer and chief information security officer. In his role, Steve leads enterprise risk management and other key components of CSI’s corporate compliance program, including privacy and business continuity. He also oversees threat and vulnerability management as well as information security strategy and awareness programs. With more than 15 years of experience focused on cybersecurity, information security and privacy, he employs his strong background in audit, information security and IT security to help board members and senior management gain a command of cyber risk oversight.
Steve is a CISA, CRISC, CRMA and CTGA and is trained in Financial Auditing, Risk Assessment Development, Bank Secrecy Act, GLBA, and various IT Audit programs. He is a 2003 graduate of Murray State University, earning a degree in Telecommunications Systems Management, with an emphasis in eSecurity.
SVP of Strategy
Tara Schultz serves as senior vice president of Strategy at CSI. In this role, she develops corporate strategies to accelerate revenue growth through new products, partnerships and acquisitions. She holds more than 15 years of experience in the fintech and financial services industry through her time at Wells Fargo and CSI. With a proven track record of driving revenue growth and executing strategic partnerships, Tara is a results-driven leader who is passionate about customer choice, user experience and helping financial institutions differentiate, diversify and compete through fintech.
Prior to this role, she led a team that focused on modernizing and expanding CSI’s API infrastructure, growing fintech partnerships to widen choices for CSI financial institutions and expanding CSI’s solutions into new markets—including healthcare—to benefit both CSI and community financial institutions as sponsor banks. Tara earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and holds executive leadership certificates from Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard University.
Chief People Officer
Charmaine Smith serves as CSI’s Chief People Officer (CPO). In this role, she acts as a steward of CSI’s Best Place to Work culture, while providing the best employee experience and strategically aligning Human Resources to business needs. Prior to joining CSI, Charmaine was the vice president of human resources at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. She has worked in the high-tech industry for more than 23 years, completing over 280 mergers and acquisitions and building the largest fabrication plant at its time. Charmaine earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jennifer Werner serves as CSI’s chief marketing officer, leading brand awareness, go-to-market strategy and public relations initiatives. Jennifer joined CSI in 2019 and has 27 years of experience in conceiving, developing, implementing and driving B2B and B2C marketing strategies within financial services, payments and healthcare industries.
With a demonstrated history of building and managing large-scale marketing initiatives within fast-paced, entrepreneurial organizations, Jennifer uses her experience to continually elevate the CSI brand and convey how the company makes a difference in the community banking space. She believes in creating an environment that encourages collaboration while challenging her team to think differently and test assumptions to achieve the best outcomes.
Jennifer values helping others develop their talents to become the best versions of themselves, both personally and professionally. She is a member of Club CMO and CMO Huddle and enjoys volunteer opportunities with her church and Alive Hospice. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys fitness, painting and spending time with her family. Jennifer earned a degree in marketing and organizational communications from Lipscomb University.
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